Hussey feels at home with Indian conditions

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Michael Hussey on Friday declared that his style of batting suited the conditions here and said patience was the key for his &quot;special&quot; ton.

Updated: October 14, 2008 11:33 IST
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A hundred in his first Test in India, Australian middle-order batsman Michael Hussey on Friday declared that his style of batting suited the conditions here and said patience was the key for his "special" ton.

"It's particularly special to get a Test hundred in India. It's arguably the toughest place to play for the Australians. So to get a hundred and put your team in a good position is quite rewarding," Hussey said after the second day of the first cricket Test here.

"You need a lot of patience to play on these wickets and it suits my style of play. The outfield here is very fast and you just have to place the ball well. It's been a good start but it's a long series," said Hussey who made 146 to do the bulk of scoring for the Australians today.

Hussey could not hide the happiness that the Australian batsmen did not have much problem while negotiating the Indian spin duo of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh.

"India has two experienced spin bowlers. We did play them well. Their fast bowlers did well claiming nine wickets. We though cannot take any of the Indian bowlers lightly."

Having put up a commanding total, Hussey now feels that his fast bowlers will exploit the conditions and put pressure on the Indians.

"The wicket is very very dry and lot of cracks in it. I feel it will help our fast bowlers as it still has variable bounce in it," he said.

Asked about their gameplan ahead in the match in the backdrop of Australia winning every time he scored a Test ton, Hussey said, "I didn't know of such a record. But if that record continues it feels good. We've got to play three good days of cricket."

On his dismissal by Zaheer Khan, Hussey said, "I was pretty tired. It was all in that excitement that I have to take the innings till the end of the day I played that shot."

Hussey said former India coach Greg Chappell's advice to keep matters simple paid dividends.

"Basically Greg's message to me is to keep my game simple and more to do with mental approach to the game. Just to stay there and play my game and keep it going."

On his take on Sachin Tendulkar's impending world record of most Test runs by a batsman, Hussey said, "It will be a wonderful achievement. I have played in that Test when Brian Lara beat Allan Border's record and it was a nice feeling. Sachin is a great player for a long time and it will be good to see him achieve that."

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